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Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking Queries from an Outsider (Part II)

Hi, everybody

Thanks again to the kind folks who answered my previous truck driving questions. I really appreciate it. I've got a few more questions today and could really some explanation if somebody wouldn't mind.

For company drivers, what is the complete procedure that drivers typically undergo before embarking on each trip? From what I've seen on television shows, workers measure freight for length, width, etc., but are there other important steps/precautionary measures companies employ to prepare a truck before its journey? Also, are there typically fuel pumps at the companies where drivers work where one can fill his/her tank, or do people simply rely on roadside stations when they need to fill up?

Also, how often during a delivery do truck drivers have to pull into weigh stations? Is it just a one-time thing per trip or do drivers have to stop as they enter a different state or something?

Again, pardon my ignorance of this subject area. I'd be utterly grateful for any insight someone could provide.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Trucking Queries from an Outsider

Hello, all

I'm trying to conduct some research on the trucking industry for a fictional story I'm writing and gathering information wherever I can find it. This seemed like a proper outlet to collect some intel. If the following queries come off as asinine, I apologize, but I really have a small understanding of this industry and would appreciate any knowledge someone could impart.

Anyways, I'm real curious as to how dispatchers most commonly communicate with drivers while they are on the road. I was reading about these Qualcomm devices installed in rigs and wanted to know if most dispatchers today use those to communicate or rather, do most of them reach out with cell phones and walkie talkies? Do CB radios ever come into play in these communications at all or are those predominantly used for conversations between truck drivers?

Also, do QC devices come standard in most rigs these days?

And finally, do truck drivers get annoyed when people drive past and make gestures for them to blow their horn? I used to do that a bunch when I was a little kid and I've always wondered what people's opinions on that is.

Again, pardon my ignorance of these subject areas, but I'm really curious to know so I don't botch this project I'm working on. Thanks in advance to anyone who supplies me with the answers I seek. All the best.

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